Woodworking Bench

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Blog series by DocK16 updated 11-15-2009 05:51 AM 5 parts 37925 reads 35 comments total

Part 1: Maple and Cherry work bench

10-24-2009 06:58 AM by DocK16 | 6 comments »

I have always used my assembly table as a work bench but after recently acquiring a truck load of hard maple from a local farmer the first thing I decided to build was a new woodworking bench. I’m using the plans from a recent issue of Woodsmith Magazine. The first picture is half the top, a mix of hard maple and cherry. the other half is standing in the background. The base is also hard maple glued up from 4/4 stock As it’s supposed to rain all weekend I hope to be ab...

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Part 2: Base finished

10-25-2009 04:22 AM by DocK16 | 7 comments »

I spent most of today (Saturday) working on my Woodsmith Workbench, and didin’t get very far. I was abe to finish the base and man isi it heavy. The stretchers lock in with wooden keys and even without the top the base is very sturdy.It took two to lift ijust the base down from the assembly table I alternated the cherry/maple wood on the lower shelf to match the top. It may appear a little short in this picture but there are some spacers to be addded which will add a few ...

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Part 3: Finishing andFastening the Ttop

11-02-2009 03:59 AM by DocK16 | 4 comments »

Work on the work bench continured this weekend but slowly. The top was originally glued up in 5 sections each being planed before all were glued together. A few pics of the process.Yeah it’s real heavy top alone is close to 200 lbs and 40 board feet of lumberOkay so here’s the kicker. When gluing up the 5 sections it is done face down on the assembly table. Unfortunately when I took the clamps off and flipped it over I big Boo Boo. I had not flipped over the one plank with t...

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Part 4: A Perfectly Flat Top

11-12-2009 06:12 AM by DocK16 | 14 comments »

Moving along with the woodworking bench. The previous blog showed the final glue up of the laminated top. even planing the sections before gluing didn’t lead to a perfectly flat top. So that leads to the 64 million dollar question, how do we get it flat. Since I don’t have 40 inch wide planer or sander I guess we’ll have to look at other options. One method is to cross plane it with a fore plane or jointer plane (a very long bench plane). As I don’t have a bench...

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Part 5: Adding End Caps

11-15-2009 05:51 AM by DocK16 | 4 comments »

Work on the bench continues with attchment of the endcaps. I posted this picture primarily to show this little trick on how to extend your bar clamps since most of us don’t keep 7 foot clamps around. I’m sure this is old news to most but for those who have never tried it, it’s a nice trick in a pinch.The cherry end caps are held on with double half inch splines. Getting these to line up was a little tough. Thanks for lookin.

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